Wecontinue with the eighth installment of our top 100 albums of 2007 yearend list.
30. Hvarf/Heim bySigur Rós
You know your band is good whenyou can put out a compilation of unreleased songs and acousticremakes, and it's still lauded as one of the best albums of the year. And 2007was no slouch year. Sigur Rós is a band that defies description and can meltyour heart with just a brush of their hand. I cannot live without this band.
29. Asa Breed byMatthew Dear
Imagine for a minute that instead of killing himself in 1980, Ian Curtis of JoyDivision decided to go into hiding for 27 years. Now imagine that while he wasin complete seclusion, surviving only on Pop Tarts and heroin, that he bought aMac and learned how to use it. If you can imagine this, you're close tounderstanding what Asa Breed sounds like at it's very core.
28. The Stage Names by Okkervil River
I enjoyed Okkervil River's 2005 album BlackSheep Boy, but 2007's The Stage Names finds the band taking theirsound to the next level. And that means injecting large quantities of tasty pophooks and competent playing. The record conveys sadness in a uniqueover-the-top manner and is without a doubt, a must own album of 2007.
27. 23 byBlonde Redhead
Blonde Redhead has become asuperbly cinematic band. 23 finds them painting crystal clearabstractions that open your eyes to a whole new lexicon of audible imagery. Allwhile retaining an undeniable surface accessibility. Butonce they have your ear, closer inspection will have you fallingcompletely under their control. This album stands as a complete workas opposed to a collection of individual songs.
26. Mirrored byBattles
Battles have succeeded in creating a touchpoint between rock music andcomputers. Mirrored will be hailed by future music historians as ashining example of how pop music was taken to the next level. There were manygreat albums released this year, but not many as creative and original as this.This is not experimentation for experimentation's sake, but experimentation insearch of beauty.
25. Let's Stay Friends byLes Savy Fav
This New York City via Rhode Island School of Design quartet not only picksup where they left off, but have moved the ball forward. For the uninitiated,you could describe the sound as the Hold Steady, but a tad less working class,and a bit more experimental. Explosive catharsis and studious lyrics aresupported by competent musicianship that rises and falls, from the sublimelysimple to abrasive, controlled chaos. In other words, it rocks.
24. Cease To Begin byBand of Horses
Every sound on Cease ToBegin is structured to produce that warm feeling that only the dramaticallyhuman can. Synthesized ambience permeates the record, but it's foundation ispure rock & roll. The wispy vocals are instantly and consistentlyentrancing, and on whole the album will make you happy, whether you want it toor not.
23. I'll Sleep WhenYou're Dead by EL-P
I received a copy of this LP before its release in March and am still trying todissect it's power and vision. This is a hip-hop record that contains a hugeamount of value. You'll find yourself coming back again and again to be wowedby the production and sick lyrical skills. So if you purchase this one it'llend up costing fractions of a penny per spin.
22. Grinderman by Grinderman
Nick Cave isa legend in my mind. So I freely admit that my addition of Grinderman atthe twenty-second best album of 2007 may be a wee bit biased. But when I listento the raw, invigorating power of this record it gives me hope for rock androll, just like The Stooges did.
21. Cookies by1990s
The debut album by JohnMckeown's new trio, 1990s, is a disheveled, drug-fueled, lightning rod of analbum. The band brings the unbridled underbelly of rock & roll forth like aswig of ipecac syrup. Have no doubt, these Glasgow lads are 100% rock & roll. Fromthe well-worn faces only a mother could love, to the attention grabbingmelodies, to a cocksure delivery that rivals the mighty Rolling Stones.
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